Special Events 

Annual Fall Craft & Vendor Show

The Annual Fall Craft & Vendor Show will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 9am- 3pm at the Falcon Civic Center. Admission is FREE and Everyone is welcome to attend!! The fee for a booth is $35 which includes an 8'x8' booth space with one 8' long table and 2 folding chairs. One additional table costs $7.50 if needed. Please Note: No one is put in the show until payment w/ signed agreement has been received. If you mail an agreement in to the Falcon Civic Center, it may be a good idea to call a few days later to make sure we have received your agreement w/ payment and ensure your spot. Temporary Sales Tax Permits are not available, crafters/ vendors must have a permanent sales tax number through the Iowa Department of Revenue. Reminder to Falcon Civic Center Patrons: We will set-up for the Fall Craft & Vendor Show on the Friday prior to the show. Only the weight room will be open to public use on the Friday prior & Saturday of the show. If you are interested in a booth space, please contact Angie @ 319-334-6711.

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Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Be creative, pumpkins may be carved, colored, painted, whatever!! Email angieiprd@independenceia.org a picture of you with your pumpkin by October 31st and winners will be announced on November 2nd. We will have 3 categories that pumpkins will be judged in: Most Creative, Silliest Face and Scariest Face. Age Groups are: 5 and under, 6-11years old, and 12years and up. Winners will receive "sweet treats" from an area business still to be named. Call 319-334-6711 if you have any questions.

Letters to Santa

The Independence Parks & Recreation Department has placed a very special mailbox at the Falcon Civic Center for children to send their "Letters to Santa" at the North Pole. All letters need to have a legible return address on them so Santa may write a letter and send it back to the children. Parents/ children may also mail your letters to the following address and we will personally make sure they get to the North Pole: 

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c/o Falcon Civic Center

1305 5th Avenue NE

 Independence, Iowa  50644

The mailbox will be at the Falcon Civic Center and "Letters to Santa" will be accepted from December 1st- 19th.

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"Just for Kids" Holiday Store 

At this time, we have decided that the 25th Annual "Just for Kids" Holiday Store which was held last year on Saturday, December 10th will be the final one. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those people (too many to name individually) who have helped offer this event year after year. Thank you also to all of the families who have participated once, twice or every year. We greatly appreciate you!! A very special THANK YOU goes out to Nikki Sidles who was the person who introduced the idea to Independence!! It has been great! We will look at other programming options to offer around the Holidays. Stay Tuned!!